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Popular TV Program Accused of Destroying Treasures

(CRI Online)

13:41, August 21, 2012

(Photo from Yangzi Evening News)

A popular antiques and collectables evaluation program from Beijing Television has been accused of destroying valuable treasures, Beijing Times reports.

According to the program's rules, antique and art pieces are brought on stage and assessed by experts. If any are proven to be forgeries, they are smashed into pieces by the host in front of the camera.

Yao Zheng, a member of the China Association of Collectors, has openly stated that he doubts if all of the destroyed pieces are forgeries, and he believes there are true treasures among them.

Yao made the remarks after he and other experts attended an art exhibition, hosted by the program and China's Capital Museum in Beijing, where both forgeries and genuine pieces were on display for people to discover the differences.

The story was given another dimension when Li Yanjun, head of the Cultural Relics Department at Beijing Oriental University, said there is no need to worry about treasures being destroyed, because the show is designed to entertain.

Li, who has been on the program, says the art works and relics brought on stage were all previously purchased fakes and the collectors were hired. "It's all for show. There are no genuine ones in the first place so there are none to destroy," Li says.

The program denied all accusations. Producer Han Yong says he has invited experts to the show and will assume full responsibility for the results.

Yao says he will talk to the program within the week.
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